It is our ambition to bring traditional woodland management and craft skills back to the Forest of Dean and preserve our rich heritage. We will achieve this by establishing a craft community in the Forest of Dean where traditional skills can be shared, learned and developed. It is our unique relationship with the Forestry Commission in the Forest of Dean that enables us to offer coppicing training in the woodland, where we can select and cut wood to support a range of craft skills.
During 2018 we will re-purpose a former woodsmans workshop and storage facility, restoration of the building will be undertaken using traditional methods and will become our coppicing and green wood-craft centre. The building is set in beautiful woodland located near Speech House just off the B4226 between Coleford and Cinderford. We are on the edge of the Woorgreens Nature Reserve and a short distance from the Sculpture Trail.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and have developed the New Leaf programme, a social forestry project, designed to facilitate training in a range of heritage skills so that our forest traditions such as coppicing, wood-crafts and conservation skills will continue into the future. To achieve this we provide a supportive learning environment for adults and young people, where they can carry our passion for our forest, the foresters’ forest, into the future, to safeguard a unique, irreplaceable woodland landscape.
This experience will support their development towards employment and make them eligible to be deployed to service specific short-term contracts and funded woodland projects, which will sustain the project for future participants and for the benefit the community.